Alice in process…

Instead of the question “Who is Alice?” there are now paths leading to what Alice might come to be…

26 Jul 2011

NEW BOOK:



A Bouquet for the Gardener: Martin Gardner Remembered








"Martin Gardner, the "Mathematical Games" columnist for Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, was also a philosopher, polymath, magician, religious thinker, and the author of more than 70 books, including The Annotated Alice, The Ambidextrous Universe, and Visitors from Oz. Here his life and works are celebrated in a bouquet of essays about him or in his honor. Introduced by his son Jim, the book includes reminiscences by Douglas Hofstadter, Morton N. Cohen, Scott Kim, David Singmaster, Michael Patrick Hearn, and many others; a festschrift contains essays by such writers as Raymond Smullyan and Robin Wilson. This volume also contains the final annotations Gardner made to the Alice books post-"Definitive Edition," and a definitive bibliography of his Carroll-related writings. While put together under the aegis of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, it takes a far broader look at this remarkable man and his many interests and accomplishments."

Mark Burstein (editor)


Martin Gardner, Puzzler and Polymath,
Dies at 95

By Douglas Martin
Published: May 23, 2010
The New York Times
(not from this book)
" (...) Mr. Gardner also wrote fiction, poetry, literary and film criticism, as well as puzzle books. He was a leading voice in refuting pseudoscientific theories, from ESP to flying saucers. He was so prolific and wide-ranging in his interests that critics speculated that there just had to be more than one of him.

His mathematical writings intrigued a generation of mathematicians, but he never took a college math course. If it seemed the only thing this polymath could not do was play music on a saw, rest assured that he could, and quite well.

“Martin Gardner is one of the great intellects produced in this country in the 20th century,” said Douglas Hofstadter, the cognitive scientist. (...)
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Tradução de Maria Luiza de X. Borges.
Introdução e notas de Martin Gardner.
Ilustrações originais de John Tenniel (Inglaterra).
Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar, 2002.



“Aventuras de Alice no País das Maravilhas' e 'Através do Espelho', obras que divertem, intrigam e educam crianças e adultos há mais de um século, encontram nesta edição comentada sua versão definitiva. As notas de Martin Gardner - esclarecendo artifícios literários, estruturas narrativas e explicando trocadilhos de época, enigmas lógicos ou mesmo as alusões à vida pessoal do autor - dão sentido a passagens não esclarecidas nas traduções até então disponíveis em português. Uma revolução nas interpretações das histórias de Alice, proporcionando ao leitor do século XXI o instrumento perfeito para penetrar no País das Maravilhas e no mundo invertido do Espelho! O livro traz ainda - todas as ilustrações originais de John Tenniel, além de esboços recém-descobertos ; introdução situando Alice no País das Maravilhas e Através do Espelho no contexto da Inglaterra vitoriana ; bibliografia da obra de Lewis Carroll, enriquecida com edições em português; filmografia, com todos os filmes já produzidos sobre Alice; episódio inédito de 'Através do Espelho - O Marimbondo de Peruca”. Site da Editora

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